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Nostalgic Impulse: Resident Evil (2002)

Resident Evil (2002)

Sometimes I’m rather impressed with my abilities to live under a rock. Somehow, for fifteen years I had managed to completely avoid ever finding anything out about the insanely successful Resident Evil franchise. Then again, now that I’ve seen it, I can’t ...

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Nostalgic Impulse: Blade Runner

With a new latter-day sequel trudging across cinema screens, we are provided with a great opportunity to review the iconic cyberpunk noir masterpiece Blade Runner. Established now with a pristine reputation, the film was initially released to critical derision and ...

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Nostalgic Impulse: Gladiator (2000)

I’m not sure how I managed to avoid watching this film for so long. It isn’t as though it is an under the radar classic. For years, friends have been lecturing me about watching it, which prompts me (contrary bastard ...

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Nostalgic Impulse: Tank Girl

Tank Girl was barely a blip on the radar when it was released in 1995. It flopped both with critics and audiences, only recouping in US$6 million of its $25 million production budget. Critics tended to agree on its faults: ...

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Nostalgic Impulse: Solaris (1972)

Few phrases intimidate both casual and auteur film-goers as the words ‘Russian cinema’. Renowned for its epic scope, long running times, and dense philosophical content, the classic films of Russia boast some unapologetically difficult viewing experiences. There are of course ...

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Nostalgic Impulse: Akira

Any list of most influential and greatest anime will inevitably feature one name above all others. Some have favourites that supersede it (indeed, I myself do) but no other film can claim as singular an impact on bringing Japanese animation ...

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Nostalgic Impulse: Network (1976)

No matter what the subject or how affecting the lessons were, humanity never learns from mistakes of the past. Sidney Lumet’s 1976 masterpiece could easily have been made in 2017. Watching Network post-Trump feels like a particularly cynical (though accurate) look ...

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Nostalgic Impulse: Battle Royale

This cult classic courted controversy when it was first released for its ‘vulgar violence’. It was rated R in its home country of Japan and was either banned or found only limited releases in other countries. Watching it now, I ...

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